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The Way We Are is a novel about male friendship and about getting away from it all. A group of childhood friends in their mid-forties sail away in the beginning of a summer, leaving their lives and families far behind. Through the adventures of this voyage and the narrator's fluid memory emerge the characters of these five men against the turmoil of the last thirty years in Greece. The Way We Are is a modern Odyssey in which the heroes attempt to evade male despair and isolation by breaking away from a stifling everyday life in search for timeless youth and beauty.
Isidoros Zourgos (born in Salonica in 1964) is one of contemporary Greece’s most successful and praised writers. He has written seven novels, among them In the Shade of the Butterfly (2005), that sold over 70.000 copies, The Nightingale Pie (2008), with more than 40.000 copies sold and The Way We Were (2011, National Book Center/Readers Award, more than 40.000 copies sold to date).